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Major Seminars

History 201-206 seminars are open to history majors only during pre-registration. If the course does not reach its enrollment maximum, it will be open to all students beginning with drop/add on a first-come first-serve basis.

HIST 204 Comparative Perspectives on Slavery, Emancipation, & Race


Taught as schedule allows (consult the Course Directory)


This seminar attempts to examine large and interrelated subjects through the questions and methods of comparative analysis. We will begin by reading some of the key texts that framed the comparative study of slavery, emancipation, and race. We will then proceed more topically and examine how our understanding of the social relations of slavery, of the transition from slavery to freedom, and of the advent of segregation and other forms of institutionalized racism can be deepened by historical comparisons. Our chronological reach will extend from the late-eighteenth to the early twentieth centuries, while our geographical reach will encompass the Americas, Europe, and Africa.